Injured woman wins suit; Highland Hospital to appeal

A Chemung County jury awarded $550,000 to an 83-year-old Elmira woman who was injured when she fell in a parking garage at Highland Hospital.

The personal injury lawsuit was heard in State Supreme Court in Elmira last week. The jury reached its decision Friday after deliberating 20 minutes, according to a news release from the women’s attorney, Christina Sonsire of the Ziff Law Firm in Elmira.

The Elmira woman fell shortly before 6 a.m. Oct. 16, 2013, as she was helping her daughter get into a wheelchair in a parking garage near the emergency entrance of Highland Hospital, according to the news release. The woman suffered a shoulder fracture.

The woman had gone to the hospital for a cancer treatment, the release stated.

“Highland Hospital allowed cement parking stops to be placed inside a pedestrian walkway that bordered the handicapped parking stalls. The parking stops were the same color as the parking garage floor, and lighting in the area was grossly inadequate. My client — who was told to report to Highland Hospital in the early morning for her cancer surgery — was walking near her car when she tripped,” Sonsire said in a statement.

Sonsire went on to say the hospital was unable to provide inspection or maintenance records for the area where her client fell.

Attorney James Wolford of the Wolford Law Firm in Rochester represented Highland Hospital and its corporate owners, Strong Health MCO LLC and Strong Partners Health System Inc.

In a statement, Highland Hospital said it would appeal. “While we are sorry this occurred on our property, we continue to dispute that the injury was the responsibility of Highland Hospital. We plan to contest the verdict.”

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